Western North Carolina University (English)
Western North Carolina University (Master's)
I believe that the ability to think critically is the most important attribute a human being can possess. But what is critical thinking and how does a student acquire the ability? Critical thinking is the ability to evaluate your own thoughts, tastes, and decisions in terms of their contribution to your well-being. It is achieved through the process of learning to read and write effectively. Like Pythagoras' perfect triangle, reading, writing, and critical thinking are the truest angles of a well-examined life.
My name is Carter, and I hold a master's degree in rhetoric and composition. During my program of studies at Western Carolina University, I taught three semesters of Freshman Composition. My students were of various backgrounds and ethnicities and so brought different levels of reading and writing aptitude to the classroom. I designed lesson plans around readings in various media, often paired readings in which students were prompted to analyze one set of ideas in light of another. For instance, I assigned the reading of a difficult essay concurrently with the viewing of an iconic film, selected specifically to illuminate ideas from the essay. Students were asked to "read" the film in context with the essay and vice versa. Prompts for student essays were generated based on intensive classroom discussions of the texts and films. These cross-media projects were intended to demonstrate to young minds that reading and writing are not just specific mental activities but occur naturally as life processes. In other words, we "read" our environments constantly, just as we "write" on those environments every time we use language (thought, speech, written word). These processes can only be enhanced and made more effective by increasing our proficiency in the specific activities of reading and writing.
I am particularly interested (and qualified) in tutoring high school students preparing for college and younger college students fulfilling core English requirements. I believe that the ability to think critically is the most important attribute a human being can possess. But what is critical thinking and how does a student acquire the ability? Critical thinking is the ability to evaluate your own thoughts, tastes, and decisions in terms of their contribution to your well-being. It is achieved through the
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I have a Bachelor's from Western Carolina University in English, a Master's from Western Carolina University in Rhetoric and Composition and TESOL training (Teaching English to students of other languages).
My Masters program included classes in advanced reading and the teaching of composition. I taught three semesters of Freshman composition at Western Carolina University while I wrote my Masters thesis. I currently tutor three local middle school students in reading and writing.
I have a Master's degree in Rhetoric and Composition from Western Carolina University. I wrote and published a 125 page thesis. I taught three semesters of Freshman Composition while earning my Master's. I am currently working towards secondary certification as a public high school teacher.